DIY Baked Sweet Potato Bar

Creating your own DIY Baked Sweet Potato Bar is a fun Autumn dinner idea — and great for parties too. I’m sharing the easy steps for putting it together, including topping ideas and a honey-cinnamon ricotta recipe.

DIY Sweet Potato Bar -- a fun Autumn dinner idea that is also great for parties in the fall. Includes topping ideas & easy steps.

Our family is old friends with traditional baked potato bars. The kind where you use baked russet potatoes and top them with whatever you like. Some of the toppings include cheese, sour cream, broccoli, bacon, chives, chili, and more. It’s a favorite in our house.

But the #SundaySupper theme this week is All Things Orange, hosted by Pam of The Meltaways and while I was thinking of all the delicious fall-inspired and very orange dishes I could make, I thought: why not a DIY Baked Sweet Potato Bar?

So that’s exactly what we did and happy to share my steps so you can do one too.

DIY Baked Sweet Potato Bar

The first step is baking your sweet potatoes. Our sweet potatoes were large, so I figured one potato per person eating, plus a couple extras. Wash your sweet potatoes well, and pierce them a few times with a fork or the tip of a knife. Bake on a foil-covered baking sheet in a 400 degree F oven for about 45 minutes or until the potatoes are very tender

DIY Baked Sweet Potato Bar

As your sweet potatoes are baking, prepare your sweet potato toppings. We had options for both sweet and savory sweet potatoes. Each item was placed in a bowl or plate and set out buffet-style on our kitchen counter. We had: butter, honey, bacon, blue cheese, cheddar cheese, toasted coconut, green onions, Greek yogurt with honey, chopped pecans, and dried cranberries.

Toppings for a DIY Baked Sweet Potato Bar

My husband made shredded pork by cooking up a pork roast, shredding it, and combining it with a sweet barbecue sauce. I used this on my Baked Sweet Potato. I sliced open my sweet potato and added a bit of butter. Then, I topped it with the shredded BBQ pork, some cheese, bacon, and green onions…it was SO good!

Shredded BBQ Pork for Baked Sweet Potatoes

One of the favorite toppings was my Honey-Cinnamon Ricotta. It’s so simple to make, but so delicious in a Baked Sweet Potato! To make it, simply put a 15 oz container of ricotta in a bowl, mix with 4 tablespoons of honey, 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract. Stir it up and spoon onto baked sweet potatoes that have been sliced opened.

Honey-Cinnamon Ricotta for Baked Sweet Potatoes

Here’s one of the baked sweet potatoes that I made. After the sweet potato was baked, I cut a slit at the top of the potato lengthwise. I added a bit of butter, some of the Honey-Cinnamon Ricotta, a drizzle of honey, toasted coconut, pecans, and dried cranberries. This was my husband’s favorite!

DIY Baked Sweet Potato Bar

Have you ever had a baked potato bar or baked sweet potato bar at home? What toppings do you think you would have?

DIY Baked Sweet Potato Bar

Ingredients

  • Sweet potatoes (1 per person, or however many you like)
  • Optional Toppings:
  • butter, honey, crumbled bacon, Greek yogurt, sliced green onions, crumbled blue cheese, crumbled feta cheese, shredded Cheddar cheese, dried cranberries, toasted coconut flakes, chopped pecans, Honey-Cinnamon Ricotta (recipe below), shredded BBQ pork or chicken
  • Honey-Cinnamon Ricotta
  • 15 oz container ricotta
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Wash sweet potatoes well, pierce skin several times with the tines of a fork or the tip of a knife (keep cuts very small). Baked on a foil-lined baking sheet in a 400 degree F oven for about 45 minutes or until tender.
  2. While potatoes are cooking, place toppings in small bowls or plates and arrange on table or kitchen counter in a buffet-style.
  3. To make a topped baked sweet potato, take a cook sweet potato and cut a slit in the top of the potato lengthwise. Push ends inward to help "fluff" up and open the sweet potato. Top as desired with toppings.
  4. Honey-Cinnamon Ricotta
  5. In a bowl, mix ricotta together with honey, cinnamon, and vanilla. Serve as a baked sweet potato topping.
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DIY Baked Sweet Potato Bar

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Brandie Valenzuela is a food blogger and writer at Home Cooking Memories. She lives in Las Vegas, NV where she enjoys cooking, baking, modern-day recipe keeping and making everyday memories with her family. She is known to have an extremely normal obsession with cupcake liners, ribbons and office supplies.


Comments

  1. I love this idea! I am totally going to have to try it this week! Thank you so much for joining in this week!

  2. Love this idea! We always do a baked potato bar but next time, we will try this instead!

    • Thanks Megan! We usually do the baked potato bar too – I think 2 of my kids actually prefer those — but this is a great change of pace and perfect for Fall.

  3. Wow! Baked sweet potatoes are awesome and I love the toppings you chose!

  4. I’m already dreaming about the shredded pork BBQ on the sweet potato. I have not thought of that before and now I have to have it….

  5. A sweet potato bar sounds like an amazing idea!!!! I love the idea of adding pulled pork…holy yum!!!!

  6. What a delicious, fun idea!

  7. What a delicious idea!!!!

  8. OMG. The cinnamon ricotta has me drooling!

  9. That looks so amazing, the options for the topping are excellent ideas!!!

  10. I love this idea! Even though I love sweet potatoes baked, for some reason I always try to put them in a recipe. Sometimes simple is best!

  11. Though the combinations are endless and all good, your sweet potato is perfect for me! The ricotta is wonderful and shredded pork just makes every meal better!

  12. Great recipe!

  13. Brilliant – you can make it for breakfast, a savoury main or a dessert!

  14. OMG this looks amazing! I can’t wait to try.

  15. Fun! You’ve inspired me to roast some pork and bake some sweet potatoes for dinner tonight. Thanks for the great idea!

  16. Baked Potato or Sweet Potato Bars are actually one of my favorite things to do. We sometimes do the same thing with huge bowls of mashes taters (of either variety). My favorite on a sweet potato is bacon, blue cheese, pecans, and butter. I’m salivating right now. And the sound of that pulled bbq pork on a sweet potato sounds awesome!

  17. What a brilliant idea! Also love, love, love the idea of BBQ pork on top of a baked sweet potato. Yum!

  18. What an amazing idea! I never thought of making a whole meal out of sweet potatoes and toppers! Happy Sunday Supper!

  19. Brandie, what an amazing idea! I never thought of making a whole meal out of sweet potatoes and toppers! Happy Sunday Supper!

  20. What a fabulous idea!! I love sweet potatoes and the fixings that can go with them. It’s always so amazing to me how versatile sweet potatoes are.

  21. I love baked sweet potatoes, but I’ve never had a savory one. Your baked sweet potato topped with the bbq pulled pork sounds absolutely delicious. Will have to try a savory version very soon. :)

    • This was my first experience with savory sweet potatoes too…so glad I tried it because it’s definitely going into our dinner rotation during the Autumn months. Thanks for visiting, Leslie!

  22. Nice topping assortment, Brandie it sounds like fun!

  23. Loved it. Surely give this a try. Thank you so much for sharing.

  24. What a terrific idea! And I love these toppings – so unique and different from a regular tater bar!

  25. Brilliant idea! Well done!

  26. Brilliant idea, Brandie!!! You had me at shredded BBQ pork! Although pork isn’t my favourite, the chicken will surely do the trick! Nice one! :-)

  27. WOW love this idea! Love the toppings too, I’m giving this a shot! Thanks for sharing!

  28. What a fantastic idea!!! My boys are going to love this, and mama is going to love the cinnamon ricotta :)

  29. I’m not a big sweet potato fan but my mother will LOVE this idea. I may have to set it up at Thanksgiving jsut for her.

  30. Such a great idea this is!!I just love the toppings, so so delicious and fun too :)

  31. Girl, this is so fun. Before the season runs out, must have a DIY bar at home. everyone loves sweet potatoes & DIY will be fab ! Thanks for the idea ! Creative, just like your instant oatmeal :)

  32. What a fun idea! I love a meal where everyone can make there own, so everyone is happy!

  33. What a wonderful varieties of toppings and I love the shredded BBQ pork! G

  34. Brandie, I gasped in delight when I read the title to your blog post. A sweet potato BAR?! Yes please! And that photo of all your different toppings filling the table is a heavenly sight to behold – my sweet potato would’ve been a foot high. Awesome idea, lady!

  35. I love this idea for a sweet potato bar! I would like some brown sugar and marshmellow please. Yummy!

  36. Brandie,

    I LOVE this idea! It’s like a salad bar but TEN TIMES BETTER and soo creative! Thank you so much for sharing! this is a great fun date night!

  37. This is my kind of baked potato. You are a genius lady.

  38. I love that you did a DIY thing here! Also, I love baked potatoes and you made this sweet potato look AMAZING! Yum!

  39. I love the idea of your DIY baked potato bar! Can’t wait to try it. Perfect for a fun weeknight meal!

  40. This is such a great idea! Love it! Baked potato bars are so fun!

    Jamie @ http://www.mamamommymom.com

  41. Oh how yumilicious your Sweet Potato looks! I am going to have to try this with my family.

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